The Illuminated Calendar and Home Diary for 1845.
Humphreys, Noel.

London: Longman & Co., [n.d., 1845?]. First edition. [27] leaves, printed on heavy card stock, including title-page in gilt and colors, printed on one side only; four introductory leaves, printed in Black Letter in red and black, on both sides, and [24] leaves of facsimiles from the Hours of Anne of Brittany, printed on one side only. All edges gilt. Spine covering worn away, exposing ecru cloth board. Covers toned and a bit worn. Contemporary donor's inscription to one Louise Hayter on first page of text. The former owner has neatly written in birth and death dates and major happenings throughout the calendar. Although we do not know her exact identity, she seems to be a member of the family of Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), the painter and engraver. A good and interesting copy. Publisher's white glazed paper over cloth boards. Elaborate arabesque pattern with floral designs stamped in gilt, blue, and red, on front cover, back cover ruled in blue with gilt arabesque ornament in center. Small folio. (Item ID: 16588)


Noel Humphreys (1810-1879), master of Victorian illumination, produced several of these calendars in the 1840s, reproducing portions of various French manuscripts. All are scarce, and because of the fragility of the binding, many copies have been rebound.OCLC lists the present one in nine locations, six in North America (Bridgeport Public Library,Connecticut College, Delaware, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the Free Library of Philadelphia). The DNB notes only the calendars for 1845 and 1846, though OCLC lists calendars for 1844 and 1848, as well

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